US 1947 Benjamin Franklin Stamp 5c. Scott. 1b

US 1947 Benjamin Franklin Stamp 5c. Scott. 1b

Series: 1847 Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson
Issued Date: 01-07-1847
Face value: 5c.
Emission: Definitive

Catalogue No:-
Scott (USA): 1b
Stanley Gibbons (UK): 1
Michel (Germany): 1
Yvert et Tellier (France): 1
Unificato (Italy): 1b

Paper: Thin bluish wove paper
Perforation: Imperforate

Themes: Author, Politician, Literary People, Famous People, Heads of State, Men

Description:- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was an American polymath who was active as a writer, scientist, inventor, statesman, diplomat, printer, publisher, and political philosopher. Among the leading intellectuals of his time, Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, a drafter and signer of the United States Declaration of Independence, and the first United States Postmaster General.

US Congress finally provided for the issuance of stamps by passing an act on March 3, 1847, and the Postmaster-General immediately let a contract to the New York City engraving firm of Rawdon, Wright, Hatch, and Edson. The first stamp issue of the U.S. was offered for sale on July 1, 1847, in New York City, with Boston receiving stamps the following day and other cities thereafter. They consisted of an engraved 5-cent red brown stamp depicting Benjamin Franklin (the first postmaster of the U.S.), and a 10-cent value in black with George Washington. Like all U.S. stamps until 1857, they were imperforate.

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